Al Horford’s next decision will speak volumes about Celtics’ young core

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Al Horford has been a believer in Danny Ainge’s vision for the Celtics for three years and counting. He joined the team in the summer of 2016 despite beating the Celtics in the first round with the Hawks, seeing a franchise with a plan towards building towards the top.

Boston overachieved early on in Horford’s tenure, rewarding his faith with a pair of surprise trips to the Eastern Conference Finals despite injuries and an underdog label. The franchise appeared poised to contend for decades with a blend of youth and experience at the helm, after the acquisitions of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Now? A direct path towards contention looks